The Unfulfilled Promise of Work

What working a decent job means is slowing losing ground, as we are not deriving meaning from our work.

Having a job means getting paid for our talents, but it may not be the case for many. Work ethic is supposed to provide us a good life, but in reality, the opposite is happening.

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Most work today is akin to a 'pin factory' where workers keep working a small, repetitive task all day.

Performing a narrow range of mental or physical actions in a job hampers our personal, intellectual and social growth.

Whatever action we do repeatedly, we tend to imbibe in us and it eventually makes up our character.

Repeating good or bad deeds builds up our personality accordingly. What we repeatedly do in our jobs forms our character.

Most workers rely on the whims and fancies of the so-called 'Job Creators', a class of people who own a business and can employ staff. Job creators hold power on the worker's time, behavior and conditions of employment.

These employers also monitor and sanction what workers post on social media, what they eat or drink, how frequently and for how long are they going to the bathroom, and what are their political leanings.

  • For centuries, the promise of America has been built on the work ethic, with everyone aspiring to have a job that pays them.
  • Work Ethic as it is has not provided any social, moral or spiritual benefits that it should.
  • Artificial Intelligence and Big Data are on the verge to render the work ethic useless.

Even as we see that work is not providing us with what it promises, we find that it never did, throughout history. Work has never fulfilled the expectations that we seem to now have for it, as it inherently is miserable.

Society has always been biased towards hard-working people and those with great work ethic, but the very foundation is now collapsing.

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